Experiences in Ethical Usability Testing with Children

Experiences in Ethical Usability Testing with Children

Kirsten Ellis (Monash University, Australia), Marian Quigley (Monash University, Australia) and Mark Power (Monash University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/jitr.2008070101
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This article describes the issues in conducting ethical usability testing with children including experiences in developing and testing sign language software on Kindergarten, Prep and Grade five, and Grade six children. It considers the unique requirement of researching with children and the process of gaining university approval to conduct research with children. It discusses the difficulties in gaining informed consent from teachers, parents, and children, protection of the research subject from harm and the difficulty in empowering children to instigate their right to refuse to participate in the research project. The article also discusses practical issues such as age appropriate practice, the duration of testing and recruitment of participants. Each issue is disused in theory and an example is given from a resent research project Auslan Children.

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